Messaging service rolls out WhatsApp Web for iOS, several months after it launched on other mobile platforms
It’s the moment many iPhone users have been waiting for: Now you can use the world’s biggest messaging app, WhatsApp, on your desktop’s web browser.
The Facebook-owned service rolled out WhatsApp Web earlier this yearfor Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, but has only just begun to include iOS.
The service effectively replicates the experience of using the mobile messaging app, but on a web browser, allowing users to seamlessly pick up their chats.
To start using it, head to http://web.whatsapp.com, where you’ll be prompted to scan a QR code with WhatsApp on your smartphone.
The iPhone update was spotted by British Reddit user vmax77, although it appears that WhatsApp is gradually rolling out the update, with some users not able to access it yet.
To access WhatsApp’s QR scanner on the iPhone, open the app and then go to “Settings” and “WhatsApp Web”. The option is likely to appear over the next few days if it has not already.
After scanning the QR code, your phone will remotely enable the web version of WhatsApp, opening up your most recent chats, as well as allowing you to write new messages and create groups.
WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging platform, handling more than 30 billion messages a day.
In 2014, the company was bought by Facebook for $19 billion. It has since introduced new features such as voice calling.